Monday, October 09, 2017

The Class of 2013

Year 5. Year 5. Year 5. BC fans heard that signpost many times in the early days of Addazio. In general, five years is a fair time to judge a coach. In theory, by Year 5, the coach should have the roster he wants, the coaches he wants and the schedule he wants. All the growing pains and adjustments should be over. All the talent should be mature. We know how Addazio is doing. Maybe we should see how the other Power 5 coaches hired in 2013 fared.

Gary Anderson, Wisconsin. Left Wisconsin after two seasons. Just resigned from Oregon State.
-- Record at Wisconsin: 19–7, Big Ten: 13–3
Anderson is an example of how unpredictable these sorts of hires can be. His first two seasons in Madison were great, but he wanted more control, fewer admissions hassles, and a larger budget. He was also a west coast guy who wanted to be back home. That didn't work out as his time at Oregon State was a disaster.
Bret Bielema, Arkansas. Still coaching at Arkansas
-- Record at Arkansas: 27–29; SEC: 10–24
After the chaos following Petrino and his interims, Bielema had a real claim to a rebuild. That is how he excused away his first year. Since then, he's produced a bunch of Daz like seasons (7-6). Right now he is firmly on the hot seat at 0-2 in the SEC.

Dave Doeren, NC State. Still coaching at NC State.
-- Record at NC State: 30–27; ACC: 12–23
The parallels to Addazio are all over this comparison. Both came from the MAC. Both had early success due to a Florida QB transfer. Both had some turnover in their coordinators. Doeren had interest in the BC job -- or at least leveraging BC's interest into a better NC State offer -- but never really got much traction with Bates. He's seemed overmatched at times and made many questionable game management decisions over the years, but right now it seems like he has done the better job rebuilding. It should also be noted that Addazio is 3-1 vs Doeren in the ACC.

Sonny Dykes, Cal. Fired after four seasons. 
-- Record at Cal: 19–30; Pac-12: 10–26
Only one winning season and rubbing people the wrong way got Dykes fired after last year. Cal -- which has all sorts of financial issues in their Athletic Department -- was willing to eat much of his contract just to make a change.

Darrell Hazell, Purdue. Fired midseason in Year 4.
-- Record at Purdue: 9–33; Big Ten: 3–24
Remember when this guy was a hot name and considered the best hire? As we potentially head to a change, it is important to remember that the guy with the best agent or the most friends in the media doesn't always turn out to be the best coach. Hazell was bad from Day 1 and barely won any Big Ten games.

Mark Helfrich, Oregon. Fired after four seasons. 
-- Record at Oregon: 37–16; Pac-12: 24–12
If Addazio inherited a mess, Helfrich inherited the opposite. His roster was talented. His program was considered a national power and Kelly left the most dynamic playbook in college football. Eager to leave his own stamp on the program, Helfrich ditched Kelly's offense. He maintained some success the first two seasons, but Year 3 was a disappointment and Year 4 was a disaster.

Butch Jones, Tennessee. Still coaching at Tennessee.
-- Record at Tennessee: 33–23; SEC: 14–20
Jones seems like a dead man walking in Knoxville. His five win first season was forgiven, but he has yet to break through the nine win ceiling and has upset fans with his offbeat press conferences. Barring an immediate turnaround, Tennessee is going to be looking for a new coach.

Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech. Still coaching at Texas Tech.
-- Record at Texas Tech:28–27; Big XII: 14–24
I think there are many casual college football fans that assume BC is generally happy with Addazio. Just as I think your typical BC and CFB fan would assume Kingsbury is well regarded at Texas Tech. While he was a breathe of fresh air, the results of his first few seasons were uneven and somewhat uninspiring. A decent start this year has cooled "hot seat" talk.

Mike MacIntyre, Colorado. Still coaching at Colorado.
-- Record at Colorado: 23–34; Pac-12: 10–29
Another guy with a slow rebuild. But last year's 10-win season earned him Coach of the Year awards. Mac had a history with Bates, but never really got on BC's radar. He currently stands at 3-3, however, last year's success has bought him some time.

Gus Malzahn, Auburn. Still coaching at Auburn.
-- Record at Auburn: 40–19, SEC: 21-14
Malzahn started off with a bang and made it to the National Championship game before losing to FSU. Since then, it has been a struggle to recapture that magic and the explosive offense. This year's hot start has probably bought him another year.

Scott Shafer, Syracuse. Fired atfter three seasons.
-- Record at Syracuse:14–23; ACC: 7–17
Timing is everything with these hires. Because Doug Marrone left for the NFL in January, Syracuse was left to scramble for a coach and picked Marrone's DC. I have had many 'Cuse fans tell me that had they made the change during a traditional time period, they probably would have targeted Addazio. By the time Marrone left, Addazio was already locked up at BC. Shafer was abrasive and only had one winning season. The Orange cut their losses. He did however go 2-1 against Addazio.

Mark Stoops, Kentucky. Still coaching at Kentucky.
-- Record at Kentucky: 24–31; SEC: 10–25
I always thought Stoops would have been a good fit at BC, but he was hired at Kentucky before we even got the chance to fire Spaz. It has been a really slow rebuild, but he seems to have things going in the right direction. The Wildcats went to a bowl last year and are currently 5-1.


Lenny Sienko said...

Mike Leach is just one year earlier than your period; but his name was mentioned for the BC job, mainly as an example that BC would never hire him. Please don't even think about considering DAZ for a sixth year. Please don't.....

Some of us dreamed about bringing Leach's "Air Raid" offense to the Heights. It took him four (4) years to hit his stride with the Cougars. This season his team is undefeated and nationally ranked.

Washington State Cougars (Pac-12 Conference) (2012–present)
2012 Washington State 3–9 1–8 6th (North)
2013 Washington State 6–7 4–5 T–4th (North) L New Mexico
2014 Washington State 3–9 2–7 T–5th (North)
2015 Washington State 9–4 6–3 3rd (North) W Sun
2016 Washington State 8–5 7–2 2nd (North) L Holiday
2017 Washington State 6–0 3–0 (North)
Washington State: 35–34 23–25

BC 86 said...

Wow time flies, good decisions need to be made going foreword. I like the Jarmond hire, step 1, I hope for innovative ideas for step 2

modest34b said...

hard to know which hire will be good

here was ATL's considered opinion in Dec 2012, a day before Daz was announced as the HC.

"As the Heights reported, an announcement on the new coach should come within 48 hours if not earlier. Multiple people are reporting that the finalists are Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco, Ball State Head Coach Pete Lembo and New Orleans Offensive Line Coach Aaron Kromer. Based on all the gossip, Diaco would have to be viewed as the front-runner.

I would be happy with Diaco. I would like the Lembo hire and defend it thoroughly. I am not onboard with Kromer."

all 3 - Lembo, Diaco, and Kromer - went on to be fired within a few years for being awful coaches.

so hard to predict.

ATL_eagle said...

Good point Section D. Hiring is hard in any profession. The mistake that college teams make that corporations and pro teams seem to realize, is that if you make a bad hire, you need to correct it quickly.

Beyond the Lembo, Cromer, Diacco mix, there wasn't a whole lot of great hires made in 2013.

ccw said...

Doerens team is ranked and beat 2 ranked teams including FSU on the road

knucklehead said...

Texas Tech is in the Big 12.

Section D,
You are a loser and a hypocrite.

EagleOutDere said...

Since we are dipping into the archives: December 18, 2014 when ATL described Daz's contract extension to 2020 as a "no-brainer" (irony apparently unintended). Very little dissension in the commentary.

So, as hard as it is to predict the outcome of hires, perhaps the same with extensions.

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Geezer eagle said...

BC 86, I have an honest question. Why do you like the Jarmond hire? What has he done, so far??

Unknown said...

The correct New Orleans Saints hire is the offensive coordinator ,a BC guy Peter Carmichael.

ATL_eagle said...


I haven't criticized the extension. He exceeded expectations in his first two seasons. The extension is pretty standard for the industry. I think the nature of college head coaching contracts stinks but the extension is not the main issue right now. Not meeting expectations the last few years is.

BCAlum2000 said...

Picking a coach is hard and 50/50 at best. This is why proven, established coaches demand such high compensation and control. Mike Leach was a proven commodity but had baggage. Chip Kelly is a proven commodity. Will BC make the mistake again of hiring someone with no experience?

Knucklehead said...

A consultation from Chet Gladchuk should be in order.

BC 86 said...

Georgia Eagle, I guess I am sick of the SOS, i.e. retreads. I like that he ,graduating from an assistant AD positition, is young,hungry and energetic . 3 months on the job and 6 weeks into school is a small sample size but the donors ive talked to have said he is listening. Hopefully he can eventually energize the young alums and students, obviously that ties into one thing...winning. If he uses this job as a stepping stone, I'm good with that , because that means he did a good job. If he does a poor job, well then I'm just a long time reader , 1st time writer to the blog...

Geezer eagle said...

Fair enough. Thanks for your perspective.

Unknown said...

TIME to bring CHET home from NAVY . MANY GREAT HIRES at BC including BC's greatest
women's basketball coach Cathy Ingelese often in NCAA. Never since.

Tom Coughlin , Tom O'Brien football . Al Skinner in basketball.


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